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Federal Conservatives call for ‘full inquiry’ into allegations that government-backed Windsor battery plant will use TFWs

A government source said the contacts signed by the Innovation, Science and Economic Development department couldn't be released because they are "commercially sensitive," owing to the "nature of the negotiations with other companies."

Published Nov 20, 2023 at 6:31pm

Marco Vigliotti
Marco Vigliotti
Federal Conservatives call for ‘full inquiry’ into allegations that government-backed Windsor battery plant will use TFWs
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre speaks at a news conference in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

The Conservatives are calling for an inquiry into the deal the federal and Ontario governments reached with Stellantis and LG to build an electric battery plant in Windsor, after iPolitics reported the project could hire temporary foreign workers to fill positions.

Party leader Pierre Poilievre made the demand on Monday, saying it was needed to figure out how many jobs at the government-supported facility were going to temporary foreign workers (TFWs) as opposed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

"[The] common-sense Conservatives are demanding a full inquiry into how many of these taxpayer-funded jobs are going to temporary foreign workers. We want a commitment that none of the money should go to temporary foreign workers, [it] should only come to Canadians," he told reporters outside the House of Commons.

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